Now the fun begins

Now the fun begins

My new Sony A7iii arrived on Wednesday, but apart from taking a few test shots with it and the kit lens I got with it to make sure everything works, I haven’t really played with it. I had the Fanwood Prom to shoot on Thursday evening, and I stuck to my 5Diii & 7Dii for that as I am so familiar with those two cameras that I don’t need to even think about settings and buttons etc.- it is all built into my muscle memory- and that’s the best way to shoot an event like that where things will happen and change at a moments notice. So much as I really wanted to play with the new camera I would have missed shots while I was working out which button does what and the way the camera feels and functions.

But now that’s done (well, apart from going through the 900 shots I took at the prom and paring it down to a couple of hundred or so keepers and then editing them) I can start to play 🙂

This camera is amazing, though many reviews I have read complain about the very complicated menu system (and it is pretty convoluted), one of the good things is that almost every button is customizable- you can literally set this camera up any way you like! I have a bit of a head start as I did a lot of reading and watching tutorials before I rented the camera a month ago, and I kept notes of everything I set up on the rental so I can basically set mine up the same way as a starting point. But there are so many functions that this camera has that the Canons don’t that I have got to not only work out how to make it work for me the way they did, I have to make sure I’m not missing any of the killer features too!

What I need to do is shoot and come home and edit and assess, rinse and repeat over and over and over- until I can shoot with this the way I can with the Canons- completely on automatic pilot. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it 😉

And that is one of the totally great things about digital cameras- you can shoot and shoot and shoot, and see the results immediately, and all it costs you is time. Not like the old days when you had 36 shots and then had to either go into the dark room or wait for some lab to develop your film, by which time (unless you kept very good notes) you had forgotten the settings you used (and today that’s all embedded right into the digital file).

While I was waiting for the camera arrive (it was backordered for a month) I did research and grab a few extras and accessories… a protective filter for the kit lens, a screen protector for the rear screen, extra batteries and a charger (which it comes without- you have to charge the batteries in the camera, but I suppose they had to do something to ba able to sell it this cheap), and an L-bracket. And this last I am very pleased with! I have an L-bracket that I use with my 5Diii (in fact it was incredibly useful taking the formal pictures at the prom on Thursday), but it made an already large-ish camera even bigger so I only put it on when I needed it. One of my few gripes so far about the Sony is it’s diminutive size- I have big hands and am used to the reassuring bulk of my Canon cameras, but the A7iii with the L-bracket on is perfect 🙂 It doesn’t add weight or any real bulk, it just gives it a bit more height so that when I have it in my hand my pinky has somewhere to sit rather than hanging out in space. It’s a tiny thing, but the way a camera feels in my hand is hugely important to me, and though I would have got used to the way the Sony feels eventually, this just makes me so happy right from the get-go. (If you’re interested, the bracket is this one by SmallRig, a Chinese company who make camera cages and brackets mostly for video shooters, and I got it in a pre-order sale as it’s only just been released).

The picture above shows the camera with the L-bracket on, the Metabones adapter and my trusty Tamron EF 24-70 (the tiny kit lens is next to it), and I’m awaiting a hand-strap so I can do away with the neck strap (I hate them!).

So, I’m off to have a lovely time shooting and getting used to this new beastie… after I finish editing those prom pictures that is…

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